Canada produced close to 62 million tonnes (Mt) of coal in 2015, nearly half thermal and half metallurgical, or steel-making coal. The majority of coal produced in Canada was produced in Alberta and B.C.

  • Alberta produced 30.12 Mt of coal in 2015
  • British Columbia produced 25.5 Mt (most was metallurgical coal)

To meet its rapid infrastructure growth and consumer demand for things such as vehicles and home appliances, Asia has turned to Canada for its high-quality steel-making coal. As Canada’s largest coal trading partner, coal exports to Asia accounted for 73% of total exports in 2010.

Steel-Making CoalMine_Production

Global steel production is dependent on coal and more and more the world is turning to Canada for its supply of quality steel-making coal.

  • The production of steel -making coal increased by 5.5% from 29.5 Mt in 2011 to 31.1 Mt in 2012.
  • Almost all of Canada’s steel-making coal produced was exported.

Thermal Coal

  • Approximately 36 million tonnes of thermal coal was produced in 2012.
  • The vast majority of Canadian thermal coal produced is used domestically.